MCS Forum 2022: A spotlight on home-grown energy

Last month, MCS was joined by friends and colleagues from across the renewables sector for MCS Forum 2022.

Ian Rippin kicks off the Forum

Thank you to all the contractors, NGO leaders, industry experts and Government officials who attended the MCS Forum on 26 May in Manchester. It was a fantastic opportunity to showcase our scheme performance and share our team insights with you all.

We were also very pleased to receive some really useful thoughts and feedback about the MCS scheme and our long-term aims.

To kick off the event, our CEO Ian updated everyone on our progress and plans for the future. Our scheme manager, Alex Hughes, and quality lead, Hannah Tweedle, then updated us on scheme performance and the upcoming Low Carbon Landscapes campaign – the new iteration of Renewing Britain. Hannah also introduced our brand-new data dashboard, which will provide all our stakeholders with near-to-real-time updates on the MCS scheme – watch this space in the coming months.

Our secretariat, Alison Hardman, spoke about the development of MCS Standards, governance and the progress our Working Groups have made over the last year. Ben Howe and Beth Yemm then presented about progress and plans for compliance at MCS, a key part of our operation. They were followed by our industry partner, Tony Ganner, who introduced the new Low Carbon Heating Apprenticeship.

David Cowdrey, director of external affairs at the MCS Charitable Foundation, wrapped up with an update on the past year of advocacy and policy work that underlines everything the charity does.

Everyone in attendance kept us on our toes with helpful questions, challenges and suggestions on our ongoing work throughout the day.

We would also like to give a special thank you to all those who let us interview them for an upcoming Department of Work and Pensions scheme raising awareness for green jobs in the renewables industry.

It was great that so many of you chose to join our drinks reception after the event to build your networks – collaboration is our key for our industry!

If you have any suggestions for the next MCS Forum, or feedback about the event, please let us know.

We can’t wait to see you all again next year!